Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT


Roland "Rolly" Lestage Jr.

13 febrero , 196528 mayo , 2020
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Roland Albert Lestage Jr., 55, of East Hartford passed away at home on May 28, 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Roland was born February 13, 1965, son of Roland and Beverly Lestage. He was predeceased by his father Roland, his brother Steven, and his fur baby Woo. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 27 years Sylvie (Goulet) and two sons, Robert Lestage (Haley) of Manchester and Eric Carignan (Crystal) of Mississippi and fur baby Huey. He also leaves three grandsons, Jake, Blake, and Spencer. Roland is also survived by his mother, Beverly, sisters Vivian (Robert Dayton) and Melanie (Jon Boutot), and brothers Brian and Andy. He also leaves several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for his love of family and friends, his kindness, great sense of humor, and pride in his work. Roland fell in love with truck driving in the US Army and made that his career. He was last employed with his great friend Augie Phillips (Enterprise). He loved motorcycles, his ‘69 mustang, the Dallas Cowboys, golfing and video games. Roland also enjoyed the adventures with his family and friends, from picnics, game nights, bowling and volleyball. The hours for visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford. A Memorial Service will commence at 12:00 noon, during the visitation, followed by Military Honors. Burial will be private. To visit Roland’s tribute or leave an online condolence, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com.


  • Roland Lestage, Father (deceased)
  • Beverly Lestage, Mother
  • Sylvie (Goulet) Lestage, Wife
  • Robert Lestage (Haley), Son
  • Eric Carignan (Crystal), Son
  • Vivian Dayton (Robert), Sister
  • Melanie Boutot (Jon), Sister
  • Steven Lestage, Brother (deceased)
  • Brian Lestage, Brother
  • Andy Lestage, Brother
  • Jake, Grandson
  • Blake, Grandson
  • Spencer, Grandson
  • He also leaves several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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  • Visitation

    sábado, 27 junio , 2020

  • Memorial Service

    sábado, 27 junio , 2020


Roland "Rolly" Lestage Jr.

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Melanie Boutot

junio 27, 2020

Being his younger sister there hasn't been a day that I haven't had him in my life. Until now. Brother: ambitious, caring, positive, strong, helpful, awesome, reliable. If you take one letter from each of those words you spell brother. That describes Rolly perfectly. Growing up together so close in age was like always having your best friend at your side. Of course we fought, he was my brother. But those fights never lasted more than an hour or so. Being my big brother he so liked to tease me. Something he never outgrew. But boy will I miss that. Who's going to steal my favorite camping chair or drip water on me now? As children we did so much together. Countless hours riding bikes, exploring the woods behind our house, or our marathon badmitton games in the backyard until it was so dark we couldn't see the birdie anymore. That continued into adulthood as we shared the same interests. Hiking, camping, volleyball, bowling or family game nights. The list is endless. I could list so many things we did together growing up, but it would take forever, So I will only talk about one that really shows what an amazing person Rolly was. It was on my 7th birthday. We lived in Manchester at the time and we were walking back from swimming at globe hollow. He stopped at the corner store and came out with an ice cream for me and said Happy Birthday.
Rolly was such a fun loving guy. always fooling around in some way making everyone laugh. It was hard to find any pictures to share that didn't have him making some kind of silly face.
But he was also very hard working. He loved driving big trucks for a living. You could hear the pride in his voice as he would relate one of his many driving tales. I love them all especially the ones about hauling oversize equipment.
He was the strongest man I knew. I know he fought hard to stay with us, but unfortunately the awful disease that took over his body won. He will be deeply missed by all!


junio 25, 2020

I knew Roland for a short time but he was one of the best. He knew I loved animals and shared his beloved pet one day with me.
My deepest condolences to Sylvie and the family.
May he rest in peace and be no longer in pain.

Cindy Pierce Brundrett

junio 9, 2020

Sylvie and family I am very sorry for your loss. I am here if you need ,rest in pain free peace rolly and bless you and Sylvie and your family and friends.

Eric Carignan

junio 8, 2020

My dad was a wonderful and caring man. I may not have known him as much as I wanted to l. But he was the reason behind why I enjoy helping people and creating with my hands. Without him I most likely wouldn't have graduated h.s.
I will miss him deeply, but I know that he is here in my heart, And that he will watch over me and my family. I only wish that I had more time to spend with him.

Diane Velez

junio 7, 2020

Sylvie and family,my sincere condolences to all.im so sorry for the loss of rolly.i have only known him for a short time.rolly fly high with the lord for your new home is free of illness and pain.Rip!

Diane & julio velez...........

Hélène Foucher

junio 7, 2020

Sylvie toutes mes condoléances ainsi qu'à ta famille et celle de Rolly, ce ne sont pas des moments facile mais il sera là pour veiller sur toi bon courage je t'embrasse, ta cousine Hélène qui pense à toi très fortxx

Connie Pomerleau

junio 6, 2020

Sylvie what a nice obituarie, It doesn’t seem possible,so young so sorry for your loss ,I know your faith will take you through this you are surrended by a loving family.hope to get down there soon to visit.stay strong,trust in God’s Holy will you will see him again one day.God Bless

Julie Pitruzzello

mayo 31, 2020

I'm sorry to hear Rollie passed. We had a lot of fun on the farm when we were kids. RIP

Teresa Vieweg

mayo 29, 2020

Sylvie. I am so sorry to hear about Rollie’s passing. I will always remember his great laugh and all the fun times we had at Dominos late at night making pizzas. May he rest in peace


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